Phytoncide, which is a chemical released from plants, especially trees, helps humans produce natural killer cells within our immune system. These cells are what our bodies use to attack those things that attack us. They can also help improve anxious or depressive conditions and reduce blood pressure.
A number of studies, predominantly in Japan, have proved that daily or weekly exposure to trees in any setting positively increases the level of natural killers cells in the subjects. It was found that the benefits of 1 visit to a woodland area could last for up to 7 days. Scientists have even gone to the lengths of trying to create the “odour” of phytoncide in a plug-in diffuser to bring the benefits indoors to those who cannot get out to visit the woodland in person.
The art of Shinrin Yoku (Forest Bathing), which was developed in Japan by Qing Li a doctor at Nippon Medical School, allows participants to expose themselves to the positive effects that woodland can provide. You can attend guided Shinrin Yoku sessions with Wild Minds, but the simple act of walking in the woods is a good way to start.
Wild Minds are passionate about ensuring that as many people as possible are able to access the benefits of being in nature. With all of the different types of session that are on offer we are able to cater to a variety of needs and help individuals, families and business access nature in a safe and enjoyable way.
Citation: Li Q, Kobayashi M, Wakayama Y, et al. Effect of phytoncide from trees on human natural killer cell function. Int J Immunopathol Pharmacol. 2009;22(4):951-959. doi:10.1177/039463200902200410
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